Tagged: republic

Plato’s Philosopher-Kings Are Your Friends

All too often these days, conservatives and libertarians have taken to adopting synoptic views of the history of ideas aimed at dividing all philosophers neatly into two political camps: pro- vs. anti-liberty, or, more precisely, pro-liberty vs. pro-tyranny. And within this (in my view) misleading dichotomy, it is customary to prove one’s philosophical mettle by setting Plato atop the pro-tyranny list. Indeed, he...

An Open Letter to David Hogg

Dear David, (We boring adults typically begin correspondence with expressions like “Dear So-and-So,” even when addressing a person with whom we have strong disputes. We call it being civil, i.e., decent and respectful even toward those with whom one disagrees. Civility seems the most effective and mature pattern of behavior when dealing with others in most contexts, particularly as an alternative to things...

A Brief Note On Shutting Down the Government (*Updated, sadly)

A U.S. Government shutdown, as some of the panic-stricken or feigned panic-stricken need to be reminded, is not, in fact, a shutdown of the federal government. It actually means only a hiatus on “non-essential services,” which of course entails sending home “non-essential” federal workers without pay. I happened to hear Glenn Beck comment on this the other day, and he made the only...